• June 17, 2018

    The sun is out, but you’re at a desk? Here are 5 Smoothie Recipes that Bring the Beach to You!


    Five DELICIOUS smoothies that'll transport you to the tropicsI’ve just come back from a sunny vacation in Miami’s South beach (although if you’ve ever traveled with a two year old and preschooler, you might call it relocation rather than vacation per se).  I don’t normally jet off to sunny locations in the summer, since it’s so beautiful right at home. But I’m wildly grateful for the time spent under palm trees with an umbrella drink, situated far from my laptop and with phone data turned off.  None of those things would have happened in Vancouver, no matter how sunny and beautiful it is in June.

    In case today you are at a desk/chasing kidlets/doing the 910,930,483,908 things you do other than laying around at the beach,  here are some health-forward, sunny beverages to fuel your day AND mentally transport you to a lounge chair with a stripey towel. And if you ARE laying around at the beach, I am still happy you’re here, but I strongly urge you to turn off the data and watch the waves instead.

    Post below written by Janyn Zoccoli – XO Jenn

    I was lucky enough to visit Paradise Island and Nassau in The Bahamas over my reading week. It was so sunny and warm, which was a nice break from the constant rain in Vancouver. However, as soon as we landed back in Vancouver it started snowing and all I longed for was to be back on the beach with a pina colada in my hand (*sigh*). But since that was not possible, I scoured the internet to find 5 smoothies that could transport me (at least mentally) back to the tropics and I hope they can do the same for you!

    1. Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

    An orange creamsicle in a healthy dairy-free drinkable form!? Heck YES! This smoothie is made with only two simple ingredients: a vanilla milk beverage and frozen oranges. Not only will this drink make you feel like you’re in a sunny paradise but it’s basically drinking dessert for breakfast. Double win.

    1. Strawberry Banana Colada Smoothie

    Start your day off with a tropical twist on a classic delicious smoothie. On the outside it may look like a typical strawberry-banana smoothie but this smoothie is also packed with pineapple, spinach, greek yogurt, and coconut milk. It is like drinking a (non-alcoholic) pina colada for breakfast but better… what could be more relaxing?

    1. Pineapple Coconut Smoothie Bowl

    This recipe calls for full-fat coconut milk so it is extra creamy and thick. But seriously, nothing screams ‘tropical’ more than pineapple, coconut, and banana. So, all three together in a smoothie is sure to get you hula dancing to some tropical beats.


    1. Coconut Green Smoothie & Watermelon Agua Fresca

    This recipe is a 2-for-1! If only tropical resorts offered that kind of deal…

    The Coconut Green Smoothie whips together coconut water, frozen bananas, and kale for a frothy, perfectly sweet smoothie. If you’re not a huge smoothie fan but are still craving a refreshing tropical drink, the Watermelon Agua Fresca is for you! Mixing together coconut water, watermelon, mint, and lime, it is gives you a burst of hydration.

    Both of these drinks will leave you refreshed and relaxed, just as if you’re on vacation.

    1. Acai Bowl

    This smoothie is the definition of tropical. This recipe blends frozen acai, berries, cherries, pineapple, and mango with coconut milk to create a tropical wonder. Any smoothie bowl requires ample toppings. This recipe includes instructions on how to make toasted buckwheat granola. If granola is not your thing, just top off the smoothie with some of your favourite fruit!

    Note: coconut bowl is totally optional but makes it look super tropical.


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